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In order to succeed in golf you must first refine the tools you use to play the game. This means buying the best possible clubs you can afford to buy, and getting your body into golf playing shape. The more attention you pay to the different areas of your body, the better results you will get on the golf course. In order to increase the effectiveness of your driving, you need to understand what parts of the body are important to driving and work on those parts to improve power and distance.

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Control for your drives comes from your shoulders and upper arms. These areas are the part of your upper body that you use to keep the shaft of your driver straight, and produce the desired follow-through. To develop these muscles properly you should do a series of arm extensions with heavy weights in each hand. Find a weight that you can lift with one arm, and from a seated position reach down and hold on to a weight in each hand. Simultaneously, and slowly, bring your arms straight up until they are parallel with your shoulders. Hold them there for the count of three, and then slowly bring them back down. Repeat this as often as you can.

They say that the best grip in golf is a soft grip, and while this is very true it still takes strong hands to maintain a soft but effective grip. Ideally you would like to get spring-loaded hand grip exercisers that are very common and inexpensive. Use them whenever you have spare time, and always remember to use them equally on both hands. You may still be left-handed or right-handed, but you will need strength in both hands to properly grip the golf club.

One of the more common golfing related injuries is a pulled hamstring. A loose and warmed-up hamstring allows for maximum flexibility, and this can add distance to your drive. Work with a professional trainer or physical therapist to develop a series of exercises to help you stretch your hamstring, and then do them on a regular basis. One of the easier hamstring exercises is to lie flat on your back, and then extend your leg straight up. That is difficult enough if you have not regularly exercises your hamstring before, but to add to it you should slowly pull your leg back towards your chest and hold it in position for a count of five. If this is too difficult to do with your arms, then use a belt to pull your leg towards you. Do this exercise slowly and gradually, and remember to do it every day.

People usually neglect the lower back until it gives out on them in a painful and frustrating way. Strengthening your lower back will make your golf stance easier to maintain, and it will bring power to your swing. Lie on the floor face down with your hands extended out from your shoulders a flat on the floor. This exercise will seem like a push-up, but the difference is that you are only pushing up your upper body. Extend your arms and then hold yourself in that position for a count of five. Slowly exhale and lower your upper body and then repeat as many times as you can. Another effective back strengthening exercise is to stand straight up, extend your arms out in front of you, and then slowly squat down as though you were going to sit in a chair. Once you have reached the seated position, slowly stand back up. Do these in sets of ten for as much as you can. Never overdo it, and always stop exercising when you feel tired or when you start to feel discomfort.

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